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Building Cultures - Changing Lives
Start date: Aug 1, 2016, End date: Nov 30, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Armenia is a country located at the crossroad of the East and the West. The country does not have open boundaries with the two of four neighboring countries, which is a real barrier for mobility, intercultural communication, the opening up of career and learning perspectives of the young people of Armenia. Therefore, the need of intercultural dialogue and learning is highly demanded among young people, which is proved based on the research conducted by ''Youth Initiative Centre'' in the scope of Gyumri Youth Policy Development comprehensive programme. Therefore, the EVS project is aimed at addressing the following issues:- Fostering the creativity and artistic skills of young people- Creating platforms for intercultural communication through peer-to-peer learning and non-formal educational activitiesThe EVS project is aiming at linking art and intercultural learning for the empowerment of young people and enhancing cultural awareness and artistic expression The objectives are:- Empowering young people through art and culture- Integrating the volunteer and young people into intercultural learning and dialogue though non-formal educational activities- Providing space to the volunteer for bringing up ideas and implementing own projects.The activities of the project are composed of 3 parts:- Running the “Handicraft” Club once a week for the members, beneficiaries of YIC and for the young people aged 13-30 from Gyumri and Shirak region. The Handicraft Club aims to bring 20 young people to learn techniques of handicraft, to create, design handmade items and present to the public at the end of every three months at the fairs and exhibitions.- Assisting in on-going projects such as International club and “Friday’s café”. The International club is a series of events dedicated to the certain country in relation to the promotion of culture, traditions, running leisure time activities for the local youngsters. The “Friday’s café” is an event held every second week on Friday with a thematic stress in the form of café, where young people have space to talk to each other, to interact simply and feel the mood of intercultural communication. The launch of photo exhibition - “Go inspire-be on spire” gathered from local and international volunteers within and beyond Armenia-mainly from Europe through YIC’s networks and the photos should tell an inspiring story related to volunteering. Organization of Open air movie screening about volunteering. Presentation of his/her country; culture, food, dances. Further intercultural learning is facilitated through the volunteer’s engagement in the activities in a local school once a week by running the German language classes through the use of interactive activities, games.- Carrying out own projects– after getting acquainted with the local community and learning their needs the volunteer is welcome to propose and implement his/her own initiatives within the scope of the main directions of the HO which include youth policy and community development, employability and entrepreneurship, art and culture. The volunteer receives all necessary support and guidance from the HO for the realization of his/her initiatives.The result of this activity is that the volunteer lives, works and flourishes in a new country and culture. He/She learns the Armenian language, gains competences for personal growth, develops her/his organizational and job-related skills, becomes more autonomous and resilient. The target groups of the activities run by the volunteer - youth of the northern regions of Armenia learn much more about volunteering, its benefits, opportunities for becoming more competitive in labor market, they get acquainted with the activities, offered opportunities of the Erasmus+.

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